Jewish Journal of Sociology

The Jewish Journal of Sociology was sponsored by the Cultural Department of the World Jewish Congress from its inception in 1959 until the end of 1980. Thereafter, from the first issue of 1981 (volume 23, no. 1), the Journal has been sponsored by Maurice Freedman Research Trust Limited, which is registered as an educational charity by the Charity Commission of England and Wales (no. 326077). It has as its main purpose the encouragement of research in the sociology of the Jews and the publication of The Jewish Journal of Sociology. The objects of the Journal remain as stated in the Editorial of the first issue in 1959:

‘This Journal has been brought into being in order to provide an international vehicle for serious writing on Jewish social affairs. Academically we address ourselves not only to sociologists, but to social scientists in general, to historians, to philosophers, and to students of comparative religion.

We should like to stress both that the Journal is editorially independent and that the opinions expressed by authors are their own responsibility.’

The founding Editor of the JJSoc was Morris Ginsberg, and the founding Managing Editor was Maurice Freedman. Morris Ginsberg, who had been Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, died in 1970. Maurice Freedman, who had been Professor of Social Anthropology at The London School of Economics and later at the University of Oxford, succeeded to the title of Editor in 1971, when Dr Judith Freedman (who had been Assistant Editor since 1963) became Managing Editor. Maurice Freedman died in1975; from then until her death in December 2009 the Journal was edited by Dr Judith Freedman. The 2010 and 2011 volumes were edited by Marlena Schmool and Geoffrey Alderman and the current volume by Stanley Waterman.



Volume 55 is now published online


The 2013 volume number 55 is now published and available online. As ever the editorial, book reviews and Chronicle sections are available on an open access basis with the formal articles only accessible with a subscription.

The volume includes important articles by Professor Mittelberg, Petra Laidlaw, Shirah Hecht, Ben Elton, Liat Kulik, Michelle Shain et al and last year's editor Stanley Waterman.

The Chronicle section has been supplied by Berman Jewish Policy Archive and consists of a digest of Jewish social research published in 2012

Keith Kahn-Harris, the editor of this volume said "I am delighted both with the quality of the articles and that this year's volume is the most extensive for many years. The journal's increasing appeal and visibility reinforces its importance as a journal of record for the Jewish community."

Posted: 2013-10-07
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Vol 55, No 1 (2013)

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Table of Contents

Editorial Introduction

Editorial Introduction PDF
Keith Kahn-Harris 1-2


DIY Judaism: How Contemporary Jewish Young Adults Express their Jewish Identity PDF
Michelle Shain, Shira Fishman, Graham Wright, Shahar Hecht, Leonard Saxe 3-25
The Dance with Tradition: Two Generations of the Independent Minyan in America PDF
Shirah Weinberg Hecht 26-57
Education for Jewish Peoplehood in Australia PDF
David Mittelberg 58-90
In the Islands of the Sea: Geography in the Religious History of the Jews of Britain PDF
Benjamin James Elton 91-113
Jews in the British Isles in 1851: Occupations PDF
Petra Laidlaw 114-157
Internalized Homophobia and Distress among Participants in Support Groups for Homosexuals: Secular versus Ultra-Orthodox Participants PDF
Liat Kulik 158-178
The Elections to the 19th Knesset, 2013: Some Thoughts PDF
Stanley Waterman 179-188

Book Reviews

Review of Clavana and Dee books PDF
Geoffrey Alderman 189-192
Review of Timothy D. Lytton, Kosher: Private Regulation in the Age of Industrial Food PDF
Barry Chiswick 192-195
Review of Meir Persoff 'Hats in the Ring' PDF
Benjamin James Elton 195-198
Review of The Benderly Boys PDF
Helena Miller 198-200
Review of The Dynamics of becoming Orthodox PDF
Rachel Reedijk 200-204
Review of Jews God and the Media PDF
Abigail Wood 204-207



ISSN: 0021-6534